Dental sealants are comprised of a thin acrylic material that is painted over the chewing surfaces of a person’s back teeth. Once applied, sealants work to prevent cavities and tooth decay. They establish an effective barrier that keeps unwanted harmful materials out and the teeth protected. As long as the patient maintains proper brushing and flossing, sealants will help ensure that their teeth remain healthy in the long run.
On the back molars, there are deep grooves and fissures. These spaces are known for being prime breeding grounds for oral bacteria. As a result, nearly 75 percent of all tooth decay found inside the mouth exists in these spaces. Additionally, these spaces are very difficult to reach, even if proper brushing and flossing techniques are used. But by applying dental sealants, our dental care specialists can smooth out these spaces and make them easier for the patient to clean and maintain.
Dental sealants are very safe, and they are appropriate for patients of all ages. In fact, many children receive dental sealants as a way of protecting their young teeth. But some adults also elect to have dental sealants applied so that they can protect their teeth from damage or decay. Our experts can help you determine if dental sealants are a good option for your teeth.
When applying dental sealants, we start by thoroughly cleaning any tooth that is going to be sealed. Once clean, the teeth are then rinsed off and dried. We then apply an acidic etching solution to roughen the outer surfaces of the teeth. This is done so that the sealant coating can bond with the teeth more easily. After roughening the teeth, we will carefully apply the sealant material. Once the coating dries, the process will be complete.
Any patient who has received dental sealants must continue to brush and floss their teeth at least twice per day. They should also receive a complete dental checkup at least twice per year. While sealants can do an excellent job of protecting teeth, proper dental maintenance and care are still necessary for ensuring good oral health and a pleasing smile. If the sealants are cared for properly, the patient should expect them to remain intact for up to ten years.
Dental sealants can go a long way towards protecting your teeth. A visit to our practice will allow us to determine if this treatment is appropriate for you. Please call us at (714) 706-3466 to schedule an appointment.